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Galway Hooker Morning Star will Zoom Centre Stage on June 18th

11th June 2020
Dennis Aylmer’s Morning Star after he’d given her a first restoration more than fifty years ago. She was subsequently given further restoration by Johnny Healion and taken back to Connemara, where she played a key role in the revival of the Galway Hooker fleet in the 1970s Dennis Aylmer’s Morning Star after he’d given her a first restoration more than fifty years ago. She was subsequently given further restoration by Johnny Healion and taken back to Connemara, where she played a key role in the revival of the Galway Hooker fleet in the 1970s

The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association invites traditional boat enthusiasts and all sailing fans to join their next Zoom session on The First Rescue of the Morning Star, which will be given by former DBOGA President Dennis Aylmer of Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 18th June.

The Morning Star was a bád mór – the largest type of Galway Hooker - built circa 1890, and Dennis was one of the first people to restore a boat of this type and size. In his talk. He will outline the extraordinary tale of how he located and obtained the Morning Star in 1965, and managed the extensive restoration works involved.

This was made all the more interesting by the fact that he lived and worked in Dublin, the Morning Star was in Connemara, and he had no means of transport other than his bicycle……Connemara more than a half-a-century ago was a very different place to what it is now and what Dublin was then, and Dennis weaves that social history aspect into this talk.

Also covered is the eventful passage of the Morning Star to Dublin, down the west coast and through the Grand Canal - all without an engine. The talk is accompanied by the many photos that Dennis took during that period.

The session will start at 19:30 but you are requested to join the Zoom meeting at 19:00 for general chat before the Q&A session. Joining early will also ensure that any connection issues can be sorted out well before 19:30.

The details of this Zoom meeting are:

  • Topic: Dennis Aylmer - The First Rescue of the Morning Star
  • Time: Jun 18, 2020 07:00 PM
  • Link to join meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86509378699
  • Meeting ID: 865 0937 8699 
This is all the information you need to join the meeting - there will be no additional details required or provided on the day of the meeting. You do not need a password to join the meeting. If you join the Zoom meeting by clicking the link above (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86509378699) you will not need the Meeting Id - that is only needed if you want to join the meeting though other means.
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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